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Week #25 - The Hellfest edition

TL;DR: I'm running a weekly newsletter with 5 songs and a short description, and a matching Spotify playlist if you want to subscribe.

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Week 25(ish)

Hello everyone!

First and foremost, sorry for the slight delay in last week's newsletter. I caught the virus-that-everyone-talks-about-since-2-years, and it kept me away from the laptop until today. I'll catch up with another mailout this Sunday, then back to the weekly routine.

If you have read my newsletter since the beginning of the year, you have realized I love loud and live music, especially outdoor festivals. So earlier last week, I went on my yearly pilgrimage to Hellfest Open Air. For those who don't know, it's the main heavy metal festival in Europe. In terms of amplitude, it's equivalent to Glastonbury. 

I also brought a friend with me for whom it was her first time there. And after 2 years with no live music, and beside the rainy weather, it felt nice being back in a typical festival setup (beside Covid, one could say). And Nine Inch Nails as the headliner was such a blast! So for this week, I decided to pick 5 songs from artists playing at Hellfest this year, easy enough to be listened to by non Metal people.

A.A. Williams - Evaporate

A.A. Williams studied classical music, piano, and cello. Then discovered Deftones in her mid-teens and went the "all things heavy" route. She's releasing her 2nd album later this year in the vein of what I described above: minimalist songwriting with elements of classical, metal and post-rock.

Opeth - Closure

The (first) prog-rock album from the Swedish death metal titans. Moved me out of my heavy metal zone of comfort in 2003.

Me and that Man - Angel of Light

"Me and that Man" is a folk-rock/country side-project of Behemoth's frontman, miles away from the death metal of his original band. He's also inviting various heavy metal singers for each album for an appearance in a country/blues style.
Perturbator - Deaf of the Soul

Perturbator would be what a metalhead would sound if he fell into the electronic music cauldron. It's an explosive mix of early 90s post-punk influence with a healthy dose of industrial beats, live guitars and john carpenter influence.

Sepultura - Still Flame

A song from the Brazilian metal gods. You might know Sepultura for their heavy / trash metal offering. However, they kept their trail-blazing sound across the years.

Still Flame closes their Dante XXI album on a trip-hop vibe with chants, sitar-like string instruments and horns leading to the state of trance ripped apart by the Sepulturesque vocal ending.

Until the next time, Godspeed!
Thomas

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